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Distracted drivers caused 20 percent of NYC’s traffic accidents in October

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According to the Department of City Planning, nearly 8.5 million people call New York City home. During the work week, this number swells to include millions of more people and adds to the congested traffic conditions for which the city is so well known. Given the number of cars, buses, trucks, taxis, pedestrians, and bicyclists that traverse throughout the city’s streets on a daily basis, traffic accidents are fairly common.

During October of this year alone, data from the New York City Police Department shows that there were a total of 20,025 motor vehicle accidents reported throughout the city’s five boroughs. During this month 4,851 people suffered injuries and 25 were killed in traffic accidents. These numbers are a clear indication that, despite the city’s Vision Zero plan and aggressive campaign to improve traffic safety, New York City remains a very dangerous place to drive, bike, or walk.

Perhaps not surprisingly, driver inattention or distraction was cited as contributing to more traffic accidents than any other driving infraction. In fact, inattentive and distracted drivers were responsible for causing 20 percent of accidents. Additionally combined, drivers who both follow too closely and fail to yield the right-of-way were responsible for causing 16 percent of the total traffic accidents that were reported during October.

New York City residents and commuters who are involved and injured in a traffic accident would be wise to explore their options with regard to seeking compensation for their injuries and related financial burdens. An attorney who handles personal injury claims and specifically motor vehicle accidents will thoroughly investigate factors that contributed to an accident and fight on one’s behalf to recover compensation.

Source:, “Motor Vehicle Collision Report Statistics Citywide: Oct. 2015,” Dec. 1, 2015

By: Howard Raphaelson

Howard A. Raphaelson founded Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, P.C. in 1992 after graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Established in New York, NY, his personal injury law firm has obtained numerous million-dollar verdicts. With over twenty-five years of experience as a personal injury attorney, he has earned a trusted reputation from his peers, judges, and top leaders, including recognition among the top 5% injury attorneys as a “Super Lawyer” (Thomson Reuters) and “New York’s Best Lawyers” (New York Magazine). View all posts by Howard Raphaelson

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